The ECB today announced that eleven players have been awarded central contracts for 2013-14, which includes Middlesex's Steven Finn. However, Eoin Morgan, who was centrally contract last year unfortunately misses out.
The ECB and PCA are delighted to announce that negotiations have been concluded successfully on the arrangements for England contracts for a period lasting until October 2019 to include four Ashes Series and five ICC Global Events. Individual player contracts will continue to be offered for 12 month periods with a framework covering remuneration and a set of agreements on playing and management matters agreed for the next six years.
The players awarded contracts for the period October 1 2013 to September 30,2014 are: James Anderson (Lancashire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Alastair Cook (Essex) Steven Finn (Middlesex), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Matt Prior (Sussex), Joe Root (Yorkshire) Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire) and Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire).
National Selector Geoff Miller commented: "Contracts are on-going recognition for those players who have regularly been selected for England and have performed consistently, as well as those players we feel are likely to play an important role for England over the next year."
Commenting on Eoin Morgan not receiving a central contract, Middlesex's Managing Director of Cricket commented "We are obviously disappointed for Eoin that he has not been awarded a new central contract by the ECB, but understand they have made their decision. Joe Root has come a long way in the past year and Eoin was the most vulnerable of England's centrally contracted players. His return to Middlesex CCC, understandably affects budgets and Eoin is our major 2013/14 winter signing. Until we see next year's fixture list it is hard to work out whether we will see more of Eoin than we did in 2013. Naturally, we hope we do as he remains an outstanding cricketer and a good man. We like having him around. As a club we were kept well informed by the ECB and have therefore been able juggle things accordingly.
"The challenge for Eoin is to show everyone, including the selectors, that he deserves a new central contract this time next year. He is motivated to do this and I am sure he will play a lot of cricket for England, as well as Middlesex, over the course of the next few years."
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